Oh, Beautiful Glory Divine
by Donna Ham, Artist
Child of the Living God
October 5, 2017 6:27 a.m.
©2017 Donna Ham
Bloom in the Happy Places
24" x 48"
acrylic on textured wood panel
I was not liking this painting about halfway through finishing it. I was going to title it "Bloom in the Broke Places."
A visit from my sweet 6-year-old granddaughter changed all that. She walked right up to my painting and said, "I love it. It's so happy." From that point forward, I started leaving the broken places in my heart and headed toward the happy places.
This painting is in honor of my little Zalena with her innocent and happy heart. She brings joy into every room she enters and helps remind me to see the happiness that surrounds me.
Suffering and sorrow try to overtake me, but happiness wins today. I am filled with joy as I look at this painting. We should all bloom and be restored in the happy places.
Donna Ham, Artist
For His anger endureth but a moment, and in His favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5
Bloom in the Wild Places
24" x 48"
acrylic on textured wood panel
I am on a new journey and this painting represents the wilderness that I have been traveling through. Although the journey has been difficult, there are always places where beauty and joy transform the wilderness into a place to commune with God.
This painting's title was inspired by a quote in the book "Hinds Feet on High Places," an allegory about fear, pride, anquish, loneliness and bitterness where sorrow and suffering are constant companions.
Toward the end of the journey, sorrow and suffering become joy and peace.
I hope you enjoy my latest painting, "Bloom in the Wild Places" and as you traverse this world and find yourself in the wilderness, remember to bloom in your own wild places and find grace and mercy in the presence of God.
Donna Ham, Artist
"The Lord God is my strength; and He will make my feet like hinds' feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places." Habakkuk 3:19
In the early morning of June 3, I had an unusual dream about a painting. I felt as if God were giving me the blueprints for a painting that He wanted me to execute. In the dream, I had a vision of a horizontal long canvas. There were silhouettes of people (a long line of people), kind of like cutouts along the bottom of the canvas. There was a flag painted across the length of the canvas and there were buildings like silhouettes in the background. The words, "One Nation Under God" were printed across the center of the canvas. The canvas seemed to have a weathered appearance, like a wash over everything.
Then, the instructions in the vision became even more specific. The idea came to me to paint several paintings and put them in my front yard for Fourth of July with the instructions to sell them and donate all proceeds to a veterans charity like for wounded vets or vets suffering with PTSD.
I believe I was assigned by God to paint these paintings and let God handle the details. It seemed a bit far fetched but with all things with God, I have learned, anything is possible. If He calls me to set up my paintings in my front yard and sell them for charity, I'm not going to argue with God no matter how funny of an idea that seems to me!
It is now June 18th and I have finished one painting with another about half completed. This has been one of the most rewarding projects I have worked on in a while. These paintings are different than my usual style. Since I had never painted a flag before, I was a little apprehensive. However, I believe the first flag came out nicely. I remembered that I had been walking through my neighborhood in 2009 taking photos of flags. I was delighted to find the file with all of those photos so I used one of those to create the flag in this painting.
I shared my vision and plan with a friend. She knows of a VFW Post in Mannford, Oklahoma that is in desparate need of funds. They take care of veterans in their community by taking them meals sometimes on a daily basis. They just happen to be having a motorcycle rally on July 9. So, I now have a charity! As I work out the details, I have no doubt that God will be honored, veterans will be benefited and blessings will flow.
My Dad was a veteran of WWII. How appropriate for me to support a small town VFW Post near a lake. Dad and mom used to go to a VFW Post in Texas near a lake. They would enjoy steaks and dance the night away. I can see why God has led me in this direction.
A consignment from God to be used for His Glory on Fourth of July helping veterans! Only God could bring all of this together. What a mighty God I serve.
Donna Ham, artist
and humble servant of the Most Hight God
©2016 Donna Ham
36" x 48"
acrylic on textured canvas
"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." Luke 1:41
The subject of this painting was the left over flowers from Mother's Day. These were the flowers for my mom and my daughter. However, the deeper meaning of this painting is more about listening for the voice of God.
An excerpt from Come Away My Beloved:
"Like attracts like, and love has always been the test of true discipleship. Those listening to the voice of their Beloved will not be deafened by the cries of men. In a world filled with noises, they will hear Him. Yes, they shall even hear the tender cooing of the turtledove! Like Elizabeth when she was greeted by Mary, the response was an inner, involuntary response to the nearness of the Christ."
As I waited upon the Lord to show me what He desired for me to paint, the Holy Spirit was already whispering His love for me in my spirit.
If you turn your heart toward God, you will hear the cooing for the turtledove. It's the calling of the Holy Spirit to listen for His Voice.
Painted with love by
Artist and servant of the Most High God
Meet Donna Ham
Donna Ham is a professional artist located in Tulsa, Oklahoma creating acrylic and mixed media abstract paintings, and still life paintings in oil. She also enjoys photography and writes poetry.